I 'm only reviewing the last book as the 3 were not long enough to rate separate reviews. as far as I can tell these books are only available in digitI 'm only reviewing the last book as the 3 were not long enough to rate separate reviews. as far as I can tell these books are only available in digital format. and I think we will see this trend going forward. the first book was free, the second a few bucks and the final a few more. the books end so abruptly you have to get the next or the time was wasted. the final book does bring conclusion. these are not literary masterpieces but they show real creativity and my son will love reading them with me or on his own. These books depict two siblings who have lost their parents and are struggling through life without them. Then one day a dream leads them to an alternate universe where plants are dangerous and can take over your body and make you "wild" ... very imaginative and fun. writing could use polish. looking forward to seeing this young author and his ?brother? grow....more
A girl who has been passed from foster home to foster home from birth finally meets the mother of her dreams ... only the mother has issues from her oA girl who has been passed from foster home to foster home from birth finally meets the mother of her dreams ... only the mother has issues from her own childhood that still haunt her. The book flips back and forth between the adult life and the childhood of the protagonist. My heart cried for the girl and for the woman she had become. Throughout the book is woven the meanings of flowers and ... really ... how easy it is for the message behind the flowers to become miscommunicated. The book was as intoxicating as the smell of fresh flowers. I don't know much about flowers myself - I can only identify a handful, but I found myself interested in flowers by the end of the book....more
I could not stop reading this book. I had to know what happened at the trial. The end was a bit of a shock and it still makes my heart race today. I cI could not stop reading this book. I had to know what happened at the trial. The end was a bit of a shock and it still makes my heart race today. I considered home birth with my second birth, especially because I felt the doctors were not respecting my wishes - but I chickened out since it was a twin birth. I can't say I regret having my children in a hospital. At the same time, I give kudos to anyone who wants to do it at home - just don't do it if you are expecting during a season known for bad weather! :D
The one thing I would hope for is that hospital birthing centers continue to evolve with more family/patient centered options. I've known at least two friends who did water birth in a hospital - that sounds rocking to me! And hospital births have come a long way - my grandfather was not allowed to attend the birth of his children ... and it left my grandmother without an advocate. My husband and my mom were both able to be at the birth for my kids and it was so much easier for me that way! I loved having their support.
The book is narrated by the midwife's daughter and frankly, I didn't care if it seemed true to the teenage perspective. I think it did - and she narrated it as an adult looking back at her teenage years and the criminal trial her midwife mother underwent....more
A thought-provoking journey into the world of "what would I have done in the same situation?" Sometimes it's hard to know what the right thing to do iA thought-provoking journey into the world of "what would I have done in the same situation?" Sometimes it's hard to know what the right thing to do in life, but reading this reminds me that "honesty is the best policy" because no matter the hurt of the truth, living a lie will only eat you up and block out your family. We've come a long ways in understanding disabilities since the 60s, but I'm sure we've a ways to go. This book was slow moving at times, but I think that wanting to know what happens to these poor folks makes you want to push on to the end. I think the author could have done a better job of helping us to understand David and understand his choices better, but I felt as shut out from David as his family did....more
For the rest of my life, when I have a bad day, I will always be able to remember back to this book and the bad day the protagonist has and think "MyFor the rest of my life, when I have a bad day, I will always be able to remember back to this book and the bad day the protagonist has and think "My life ain't so bad." :) Wow! There was little else that could have gone wrong for him, but, as for most of us, days like that are a real turning point!
This book is a tome (nearly 900 pages) but it's really a story within a story - two for the price of one. As the mother of twins I was fascinated to see the twin-to-twin interaction and how it played out. The main protagonist was hard to figure out... at times I didn't know whether to root for him or tell him he was a jerk (of course compared to the protagonist in the secondary plot, he was a stellar guy), but I think that's what the book is about ... understanding ourselves (and how big a jerk we can all be at times) and how sometimes focusing on the lives, viewpoints, and mistakes of others can help us see ourselves more clearly. I loved the psychologist in the main plot and the priest in the secondary plot - I only wish we had angels in real life that helped us find ourselves when we are "lost in the woods." I was interested in this book but wondered how I would ever finish ... but when I hit page 500, I could not put the book down and devoured the next 400!
Full of vivid characters, this book is one of my favorites. The author takes you to Ethiopia and dives you into the history of the country from the 19Full of vivid characters, this book is one of my favorites. The author takes you to Ethiopia and dives you into the history of the country from the 1950s to 1970s. I gained a perspective on the life of Ethiopia that I never had before. When I was in middle school, the Ethiopian famine was all over in the news. For whatever reason it has colored my vision of Ethiopia. Only now do I realize how small my vision of Ethiopian history really was.
This book is magical in that the author weaves pieces you thought were only passing sentiments back into the book at a later point as if you part of the book is wasted despite the length of over 500 pages. I can see how the medical terms might be turn off for some, but if you science or medicine, as I do, you will relish what you learn about internal medicine, surgery, fistulas, and liver transplants. As a mother of twins, I also relished the relationship between the twins.
Certain parts of the book stick with me. "Screw your courage to the sticking place," was one of Ghosh's favorite sayings. And the story of the slippers that follow you no matter how you try to get rid of them. The closing statement about how our choices in life, either commission or omission, are important is haunting....more